New Quay RNLI fundraiser smashes target and raises £1,000
New Quay RNLI volunteer fundraiser Jane Page has raised £1,000 for the RNLI, the charity that saves lives at sea, by selling gifts, face masks and cards outside her house in New Quay through the summer months.
Since July, when the caravan parks opened in New Quay and the five mile limit was lifted, Jane has been busy making face masks and handmade gifts at her home.
Having been part of the New Quay RNLI fundraising and shop team for many years, Jane, Vice Chair of the New Quay RNLI Fundraising Committee, said, “The Covid-19 pandemic has badly affected all our fundraising efforts this year and we have been unable to open the RNLI shop. So, after lockdown was lifted, I decided to set up a stall outside my house as we are on the path from a major caravan site into the town. I used some of the gifts we had from the shop but I decided to make more.
“It’s been a full time job keeping up with demand. I have been sewing masks in the day and knitting toys in the evenings. I have been overwhelmed by the response from the public as I set myself a target of £500 at the start but have now hit £1,000. It’s remarkable.
“My daughter Karen and I are now going to set up a stall at 11am every Sunday, weather permitting, at the old lifeboat house in New Quay, opposite the Blue Bell. We will be selling RNLI Christmas cards, gifts and masks, and all donations are welcome.”
Daniel Potter, New Quay RNLI’s Coxswain added, “We are very grateful to Jane for all her hard work this year. This is a fantastic effort and it is much appreciated. Money raised for the RNLI goes towards our kit, the upkeep and maintenance of the boats, training of our volunteer crew members and much more. The RNLI is independent of the Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service.”
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Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.